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Climate science takes another hit; President Obama pushes nuclear, clean coal

February 16, 2010

The British climatologist at the center of the Climategate scandal says there’s been no global warming since 1995.

In a Q and A with the BBC, Phil Jones also said data to support the vital “hockey stick” graph is missing and warming changes have happened before, but not due to man-made changes.

Jones was also asked about the temperature decrease since 2002. 

Q: Do you agree that from January 2002 to the present there has been statistically significant global cooling?   A: No. This period is even shorter than 1995-2009. The trend this time is negative (-0.12C per decade), but this trend is not statistically significant.

What was not statistically insignificant was that three major U.S. corporations Tuesday dropped out of U.S. CAP — the business coalition pushing for climate change legislation.   The U.K. Guardian newspaper reported the high-profile defections damaged the administration’s climate strategy and overshadowed the president’s announcement for more nuclear loan guarantees:

The defections by ConocoPhillips, America’s third largest oil company, Caterpillar, which makes heavy equipment, and BP rob the US Climate Action Partnership of three powerful voices for lobbying Congress to pass climate change law.

They also undercut Obama’s efforts to cast his climate and energy agenda as a pro-business, job-creation plan. Only hours earlier, Obama and other cabinet officials had made a high-profile announcement that $8.3bn (£5.3bn) was being awarded in loan guarantees for a company building the first new nuclear reactors in America in nearly 30 years.

IFB supports President Obama’s support for investments in nuclear energy.    Nuclear energy has been part of our comprehensive energy plan, as well as off-shore oil and natural gas exploration, and support for renewables, biomass, and clean coal.

Last week, the administration also formed an interagency task force to study clean coal technology with the goal of bringing several commercially viable power plants — like the proposed FutureGen — into operation by 2016.

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